Thomas_Mohr

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Squeezeboxing

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ElSkelSiset  Hump (Finland; Werbung, Baby!, 1999)  buy on itunes
Jo Ann Castle  Bumble Boogie (USA; Accordion in Hi-Fi, 1959)  buy on itunes
Grace Jones  I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (Jamaica; Nightclubbing, 1981)  buy on itunes
The Pogues  Streets of Whiskey (England; Red Roses for Me, 1984)  buy on itunes
Clifton Chenier  Squeeze Box Boogie (USA; Single, 1964)  buy on itunes
The Mighty Accordion Band  April in Paris (USA; They Said It Couldn't Be Done!, 1959)  buy on itunes
Attwenger  Deng (Austria; Sun, 2002)  buy on itunes
Dick Contino  Lady of Spain (USA; Yours, Dick Contino, 1981)  buy on itunes
Sensorama  Where the Rabbit Sleeps (Germany; Projektor, 2001)  buy on itunes
Joey Miskulin  The Crazy Accordion (USA; Legends of Accordion, recorded in 1991, released in 1995)  buy on itunes
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys  High Point Two Step (USA; Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, 1992)  buy on itunes
Art Van Damme Quintet  Ode to Cleavage or the Camel (USA; Live at Tivoli Gardens, Stockholm, Sweden, 1983)  buy on itunes
Edward II & The Red Hot Polkas  Bjorn Again Polka (Mad Professor Mix) (England; s/t EP, 1989)  buy on itunes
Spade Cooley  Three Way Boogie (USA; Spadella: The Essential, 1994, recorded in 1946)  buy on itunes
Those Darn Accordions!  Perry Mason Theme (USA; Vongole Fisarmonica, 1992)  buy on itunes
Wechsel Garland  Verbluten (Germany; Liberation von History, 2002)  buy on itunes
Polkacide  Pennsylvania Polka (USA; Hardcore 2/4, 1999)  buy on itunes
Buckwheat Zydeco  Ma 'tit Fille (USA, The Big Easy OST, 1987)  buy on itunes
Hey  Sans toi (Germany; 4saisons, 1999)  buy on itunes
Carlos Libedinsky  Trancetango (Argentina; Aldea Global, 2001)  buy on itunes
Guy Klucevsek  Awakening (USA; Scenes from a Mirage, 1987)  buy on itunes
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit  Rastafahndung (Germany; Playing Secret Rhythms, 2002)  buy on itunes
Astor Piazolla  Tres minutos con la realidad (Argentina; Live at the BBC, 1989)  buy on itunes
VSrttinS  Nahkaruoska (Finland; Iti, 2003)  buy on itunes
M. A. Numminen  Vad Sr? (Finland; DSgS DSgS, 2003)  buy on itunes

Comment:

A few years ago, I translated a book by James Ellroy called "Hollywood Nocturnes" which, among other stories, featured the novella "Dick Contino's Blues", in which JE spins a fictitious yarn about the LA accordion virtuoso and veteran Z-movie actor being involved in a scam during which, as usual with Ellroy, many a poor sucker gets killed and Contino wins the busty, great-lookin' dame in the end. In one of the best scenes a down-home fucked-up 'n gun-toting Spade Cooley figures rather prominently. So for a couple of years I kept looking for Contino's records but couldn't find any. When I finally located an old Rhino comp featuring the track included here at the library two months ago, I decided to devote a little mix to the squeeze box, although I must admit it doesn't really rank among my favorite instruments.
So here's the result which is by no means comprehensive. There's no Eastern European stuff (simply cuz I don't own any or would have had to cull stuff from mixes I got from some of you) and nothing from the Middle or Far East, but there's a fair amount of polka, tango, cajun, zydeco, folk, reggae, dub, jazz, e-z listening and even a bit of weirdness to hopefully keep it entertaining. Enjoy - and read "Dick Contino's Blues"!
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Feedback:

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Barrydali
Date: 4/14/2006
Excellent stuff, this looks like a hell of a musical adventure.
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p the swede
Date: 4/14/2006
wonderful, my father plays the accordion but mostly Swedish stuff, like Kjell Kraghe, Pepparn and Gnesta Kalle
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Dead Man
Date: 4/14/2006
Very cool.
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 4/14/2006
This one looks like a real fun listen; good title.
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hemizen
Date: 4/14/2006
Read and loved the book. Great idea for a mix.
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lanhamyodel
Date: 4/14/2006
This mix looks great, even without Schwyzer÷rgeli.
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tornadoZ
Date: 4/14/2006
I love the accordian! it's so... unusual and looks like such fun to play. Jo Ann Castle rocks! (if possible w/ the squeezebox) one of my favorites missing here is Charles Magnante. but who cares; this looks incredible!
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Mark Petruccelli
Date: 4/14/2006
Like the Buckwheat, Mamou Playboys and love Chenier and Astor Piazolla. In a turn I could never have seen for myself, I now play in a band that has 2 accordian players (we wear matching outfits too!)
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Mixxer
Date: 4/14/2006


Looks fascinating.
The accordion has become traditional in Cajun music, but its roots are not real deep; the Cajuns picked it up from German musicians here in the US, and adopted it.
"Ode To Cleavage" sounds like a great theme for a song. Mama's got a squeezebox she wears...? But the 'tit in "Ma 'tit fille" is just Cajun shorthand for "petit" or "petite."
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Luke79
Date: 4/14/2006
Very interesting.
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GambleOn
Date: 4/14/2006
Wow, this seems like one really interesting listening experience.
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sammyg123
Date: 4/14/2006
You've got my attention. I'd love to hear this.
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joey de vivre
Date: 4/14/2006
Lady of Spain! Spade Cooley! and Hey!

This looks like so much fun, it makes me wish

we could straighten out that e-mail snafu & get some more transatlantic trades

going.

My accordion sampler is much kitschier than yours, but oh man would I like

to be able to offer

Accordion Without Tears in exchange for this one. Any chance?



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jab
Date: 4/14/2006
damn. thats neat.
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SwankQueen
Date: 4/14/2006
Wheeeeeee! Too cool.
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Moe
Date: 4/14/2006
Looks fabulous -- accordian' to me (okay, I said the same thing on joey's mix - but you gotta admit it's pretty damn hysterical.) Nice to see the squeezebox being utilized by contemporary artists, since it's got a bit of an unhip reputation. Cover is marvelous too. Five stars!
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blasikin
Date: 4/14/2006
I love this, and a great excuse to get the Pogues, Grace Jones, and and Clifton Chenier together in one place! Hot dog.
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valis
Date: 4/15/2006
Ah, "Schultze Gets the Blues" and goes to Berlin where he meets a translator-of-merit working on a mix devoted to the accordion. A lot of good stuff here Thomas. (No Brave Combo?)
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Slack-a-gogo
Date: 4/15/2006
Very nice. Once I got passed the polka stuff I wouldn't remember where to look for accordian music in my collection.
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jonpoi
Date: 4/16/2006
Extremely cool and I am extremely envious of the brain behind the cover. Dat's a good vun.
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Nomates
Date: 4/17/2006
You are a very clever man. I am enlightened and entertained -- and that's without even hearing this mix -- now atsa some nifty.
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Dom1
Date: 5/24/2006
Evenin' Sir, due to personal problems I missed this mix so apologies...as ever an original, interesting mix..& well designed cover..pleased to see The Big Easy sndtrck got a work out!
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telephone
Date: 11/15/2006
Hi
4,000,000 Telephones here,I thought you might like to know that the telephones have re-released the original album on cd, including cereal commercial, on Summerhouse records. We loved the idea of being included in your mix, just wondered where you heard of us from. Keep well,

Richard
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musicgnome
Date: 7/31/2007
COME BACK, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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lanhamyodel
Date: 2/22/2008
Now that I've listened to this mix several times I can say that it pushes all the right buttons for me. The opening track is the only one I wouldn't want to listen to over and over. All the other picks are inspired, and they work so well together. I love the straight-forward polkas as much as the more on-the-edge stuff (9, 16, 20-22), and the stylistic contrasts make this a very stimulating satisfying listening experience. Any chance that you will issue a second volume?

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